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Meet the Persian

May 1, 2021

Do you have a Persian? Persians are one of the most popular breeds in the world. These adorable kitties really are very sweet and lovable pets! A vet discusses the Persian below.


Persians are usually quite relaxed and laid back. They’re also very affectionate, and love to snuggle. In one study, the Persian scored higher than non-pedigreed kitties in many categories, including vocalization, cleanliness, and how affectionate they are. However, they can be choosy about whose laps they grace. Fluffy may bond closely with you, but ignore everyone else.


One of the Persians’ most distinct features is their pretty fur. Fluffy will need some help with her beauty routine. We recommend brushing her daily, or at least every other day. Your feline friend will also need the occasional bath. If you adopt a kitten, it’s best to get your little ball of fluff used to being bathed while she’s young. You’ll thank yourself later.


The Persian has a fairly long and distinguished history. In fact, they’re one of the oldest known breeds of cats. Fluffy has been depicted in hieroglyphics dated as far back as 1684 BC. As one may suspect, these kitties likely originated in Persia, specifically in the area now known as Iran. An Italian traveler named Pietro Della Valle brought them to Europe in the 1500’s.


These cute cats are typically quite fluffy. They sport a variety of pretty colors and patterns. Some of these include solid, silver and gold, shaded, smoke, tabby, particolor, bicolor, and Himalayan. We think they’re all adorable.


Persians are rather talkative, but they aren’t too loud. Their voices are usually quite cute and charismatic, and perhaps a bit squeaky.


Persians are about average on the kitty activity scale. They’re playful, but once past kittenhood, they aren’t usually the frisky furballs that you’ll be plucking from your drapes or disengaging from your ankle. Fluffy really does best as a pampered indoor ‘princess’ pet. We don’t recommend letting her go outdoors.

Health Issues

As you may have noticed, Persians are often quite flat-faced. Many breeders deliberately seek out that squished-face look. This may look cute, but unfortunately it leaves Persians vulnerable to some serious health issues, including shortness of breath, tearing, and eye problems. In fact, activists are now pushing for changes in the breed standard. Ask your vet for care tips.

Our Advice on Caring for Persian Cats

What is the temperament of Persian cats and how do they typically interact with people?

Persian cats are known for their calm and laid-back temperament. They are affectionate and enjoy snuggling, often forming a solid bond with their owners. While they can be sociable, Persians may selectively choose their favorite humans and can be reserved around strangers or new environments.

What are Persian cats’ grooming needs, and why is regular grooming essential?

Persian cats require diligent grooming due to their long, dense fur. Daily brushing is essential to prevent painful matting and hairballs. Regular grooming keeps their coat clean, reduces shedding, and helps monitor skin health. Occasional baths are also recommended to maintain coat quality.

What is the activity level of Persian cats and are they suitable for outdoor environments?

Persian cats have a moderate activity level. They enjoy playful moments but are generally not overly energetic. Given their calm nature and grooming needs, they are best suited for indoor living. Outdoor environments pose risks like predators and disease, and their fur attracts dirt and debris.

What health issues are Persian cats prone to due to their distinct facial structure?

Persian cats, with their unique flat faces, are prone to specific health issues like respiratory problems due to narrowed nostrils and airways. They also often experience dental malocclusions and tear duct issues leading to excessive tearing. Regular vet check-ups are crucial for their care.

How can a veterinarian assist with Persian cats’ care and health concerns?

A veterinarian plays a vital role in the health of Persian cats by providing regular check-ups, addressing breed-specific issues like respiratory and dental problems, and advising on proper grooming and diet. They can also help manage tear duct issues and offer guidance for overall well-being.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local animal clinic in Hudson Valley, NY!